Harry “Dale” Ashbrook

March 27, 1934 ‒ September 10, 2018

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Johnstown, Ohio

Harry “Dale” Ashbrook, 84, of Delaware, and formerly of Johnstown, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Arbor’s at Delaware, surrounded by his loving family at his side.

Harry was born in Johnstown to the late Burton and Marguerite (Mathews) Ashbrook and was one of thirteen children from that union.  Better known as “Dale” to his family and to all that knew him,  grew up in Johnstown and at an early age became interested in cars and how to repair them.  He graduated from Johntown Monroe high school in 1952.  Dale joined the U.S. Army and served active duty from 1956-1958, where he received the good conduct medal, and then entered the Army Reserve’s from 1958-1962, serving at Fort Lewis Washington.  Dale returned to Johnstown and continued his love of cars.  He settled in Sunbury and worked as a mechanic for many years.  He later worked at auto parts stores in Sunbury where he worked until he retired.  Along with being a good mechanic he earned the nick name carburetor kid.  He also enjoyed drag racing and camping with his family at the Double R Ranch in Little Hocking Ohio was always a favorite.  He loved boating and taught himself and other family members, and the neighborhood kids how to water ski.  Dale was into CB radios and also had a Ham License.  He liked country, blue grass and polka music.  Dale was always the first to help anyone that needed a helping hand.

Left to cherish his memory  are two daughters, Lori (Steve) Johns and Myrna Ashbrook, both of Delaware; two grandsons, Zachary Johns and Benjamin Johns, both of Delaware; first wife, Janet Ashbrook of Delaware;  two brothers, Keith Ashbrook of Ohio and Larry Ashbrook of Florida; six sisters, Candace Louise Wine of Ohio, Betty Davis of Indiana, Phyllis Ashbrook of Ohio, Catherine (Jim) Downing of Ohio, Nancy (Larry) Caudill of Louisiana and Laura Mankins of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and many extended family.

In addition to his parents that have preceded him in death were two brothers, Robert  Ashbrook and Murrell Ashbrook; two sisters, Pauline Rice and Marilyn Rhodeback; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services will be held on October 12, 2018 2:30PM at the Green Hill Cemetery in Johnstown, the American Legion of Johnstown will be conducting graveside military rites.

Memorial contributions if desired may be given to the American Legion 180 W Maple St Johnstown Ohio 43031.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware, is honored to be serving the family of Harry Dale Ashbrook.

To share a memory of Dale or to leave a condolence with the family, please visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


  • Lori and Myrna,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good man always so friendly and helpful. He always had a smile. If you need anything just let me know.

  • Lori…Jerry and I just heard of your loss. So sorry to hear about it. Losing a parent is not an easy time in life, please take care!
    With Love,
    Jerry & Mary Jo

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Myrna and Lori as well as all his other family. I remember the boating and trip to the ranch. He was a quiet man but a good man.

  • Dear Myrna, Lori and janet, I,m so sorry for your loss,If you need anything Please let me know.

    May Lloyd and family

  • So very sorry for you loss. I understand the loss of parent. Please let me know if I can be of any service to you and your family. Love and prayers. Miss Emm

  • So very sorry for you loss. I understand the loss of a parent. Please let me know if I can be of any service to you and your family. Love and prayers. Miss Emm

  • Lori, Myrna, and Janet,
    Condolences to you from both of us. We have fond memories of Dale. God bless you.

  • Myrna, Lori and Mom Janet
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dale. Losing a father for daughters I think is the hardest thing to go thru. Always “DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL’S” May God bless you all !!! Unfortunately I have lots all of my memory’s from long ago, but I know that the Ashbrook family and the Potts family must have had loads of fun because we all still Love one another ❤❤❤💟💟💟